Saturday, November 5, 2011

'UK considering Iran war contingencies'

Source: Press TV

British authorities are considering contingency plans for potential military invasion of Iran in yet another adventurous move, a newspaper report says.

The report comes as multiple statements by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) have reiterated the peaceful nature of the Islamic Republic's nuclear activities, over which IAEA inspectors are carrying out full, round-the-clock supervision using the most advanced and sophisticated surveillance cameras and equipment.

The authorities said Britain would endorse any US action plan aimed at launching an invasion on Iran amid decisions made in Washington to fast-forward missile strikes at the Islamic Republic's nuclear facilities, The Guardian reported.

According to the report, British war planners are “examining where best to deploy Royal Navy ships and submarines equipped with Tomahawk cruise missiles over the coming months as part of what would be an air- and sea-launched campaign.”

A senior official told The Guardian that the UK needs to accelerate its planning in this regard as the next spring could be a key decision-making period.

“Planners expect any campaign to be predominantly waged from the air, with some naval involvement, using missiles such as the Tomahawks, which have a range of 800 miles. There are no plans for a ground invasion, but "a small number of special forces" may be needed on the ground, too,” the report said.

The report comes as Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was said to be discussing the possibilities of surrounding an attack on Iran's nuclear facilities.

This is yet another example of violating international rules and regulations by Israeli authorities, who have a long record in making threats or carrying out attacks against sovereign nations in the Middle East.

The Islamic Republic of Iran, stressing its rights to commission peaceful nuclear activities as a signatory to nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), has repeatedly stated that its nuclear activities are totally peaceful.

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